Ruth says:March 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm
I was pulled over about a week ago (near my home in western Suffolk County) for driving with an expired registration. In fact I had no idea, but the registration had been expired for 14 months, My insurance and inspection were up to date.
I have since gone to DMV to renew my registration, they made me get new license plates, and pay $160.
Here's my question: The officer gave me a ticket. I now have to decide whether to mail it in, plead guilty,and pay whatever additiional fine they assess (could be up to $300?).
Alternatively, I can show up in court, plead not guilty, and try to explain that:
a) I never received a notice in the mail to renew my registration. If I had, I would have just paid it and mailed it in.
b) I have moved since my last registration. I updated my address on the DMV website. So they have my current address in their system. But if they mailed the notice to my old address, it probably got lost in the mail, because the 12-month forwarding period has expired.
Somehow I doubt that any of these excuses would carry much weight in court.
But what happens if I plead guilty to driving an unregistered vehicle for over a year? The ticket form says if you plead guilty,that's an automatic conviction,. Will I then have a criminal record? Will my insurance rates go through the roof?ReplyGaren says:December 4, 2019 at 7:04 pm
I received a $65 ticket for Expired Registration Sticker which I have had already renewed and carried in my wallet. I didnt replace the sticker under the windshield at that moment because I was under the impression that, like in the case of NY inspection stickers, I have time until the end of the month. Ive been charged right the next day after sticker expired.
I sent a copy of the bank check along with a photo of the new registration card, proving that I had it before being charged, but still I was found guilty. Explanation was: Respondent submitted photos of the renewed valid registration sticker. This is not a valid defense as New York City Traffic Rules require that a valid sticker be affixed to the vehicle at all times and properly displayed. Guilty.
I guess, law aside, it is also very important who takes on your case. At least a fair judge could have considered lowering the fee, since I already paid $135 for registration and I was just one day behind of replacing the old one. Do you think I should appeal or just let it go?Reply